Prescribed burning of W.G. Jones State Forest scheduled for Jan. 14-15

A prescribed burning on the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting. (Courtesy Texas A&M Forest Service)
A prescribed burning on the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting. (Courtesy Texas A&M Forest Service)

A prescribed burning on the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting. (Courtesy Texas A&M Forest Service)

A prescribed burning of the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting, according to a Jan. 13 release from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Prescribed burning operations are a standard forest-management tool for endangered species habitat restoration, undergrowth vegetation reduction and providing community safety, according to the release.

The prescribed burning aids in reducing the potential of a devastating wildfire within the state forest, restoring the habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, improving access and visual aesthetics to the forest for safety purposes, enhancing wildlife habitats by increasing the amount of sunlight to the forest floor and interdepartmental training for emergency response crews, according to the release.


As a result of the burning operations, certain areas of the forest will be closed to the public during this time.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.